Monday, April 13, 2015

Rocket Boys the Musical to be presented at Atlanta's Legacy Theatre April-May 2015!

April-May 2015

Dear Friends and Readers:

This is a special newsletter to announce the opening of Rocket Boys the Musical at The Legacy Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia.

Opening night (already sold out) is on April 17, 2015. After that shows will be presented on April 18-19, April 24-26, May 1-3, and May 8-10. I hope that you will make plans now to go see this amazing production! To order tickets, just go to www.thelegacytheatre.org!

If you haven't heard about the musical, go to www.rocketboysthemusical.com for a taste of the music.

Here's a little background on how the musical came about. I had always thought Rocket Boys would make a good play and had it in the back of my mind to someday get around to it. But then, one day, a package arrived and in that package, I found a CD with a note that it was music written by some young people that could be the basis for a musical based on the Rocket Boys of October Sky. Quite honestly, I came very close to tossing the package into the trashcan but, at the last minute, decided to listen to the music.

It was amazing! I was nearly reduced to tears listening to the haunting melodies and made to laugh at the vigorous songs! The composers were geniuses! So I reached out and contacted Diana Belkowski and Dan Tramon, the composers, and writer Carl Tramon and told them I was in!

The Rocket Boys the Musical Creative Team!
From L-R: Carl Tramon, Homer Hickam, Diana Belkowski, and Dan Tramon

Now, after a three year development run at Theatre West Virginia, we are able to take the next step and that's this production in Atlanta's magnificent Legacy Theatre (actually located in Tyrone, Georgia, just south of metro Atlanta). After that, who knows? We intend to take the show as high as it will go.

Please come and join us for an evening of fun, adventure, drama, songs, tears, and laughter! We are especially pleased to announce that Broadway star Melissa Van Der Schyff will be taking the role of Elsie Hickam! I'd especially like to thank Mark and Bethany Smith, owners and operators of The Legacy Theatre, for choosing our musical for their spring run. Mark is also our most prodigious director!

Homer Hickam with the Cast and Crew of The Legacy Theatre's
Production of Rocket Boys the Musical!

This much I can guarantee. After seeing Rocket Boys the Musical, you will leave the theater ready to take on the world!

Keep Aiming High!

Homer Hickam